‘Costa Cannibal’ killer back on UK streets after being freed from prison

Paul Durant, 60, bludgeoned Karen Durrell to death with a mallet in 2004 and told Spanish police he had eaten parts of her

Paul Durant, 60, bludgeoned Karen Durrell to death with a mallet in 2004 and told Spanish police he had eaten parts of her

A man who bragged that he ate his girlfriend after bludgeoning her to death has been released from prison and is back on streets of the UK.

Paul Durant was dubbed the ‘Costa Cannibal’ for horrific claims.

Durant, now 60, was jailed in Spain for 12 years for the 2004 killing of Karen Durrell in a village near Benidorm. He has now been pictured back on the streets of East London after finishing his sentence for the grim crime.

The former heroin addict Durant killed mum-of-two Karen in Spain while he was on the run over two cash-box robberies.

He met the 41-year-old divorcée, from Ilford, Essex, in January 2004.

Karen Durrell who was bludgeoned to death in Spain by Durant 

  

A week after Durant battered Karen to death he bumped into a concerned friend of hers in the street in Spain.

He told them he had killed Karen and chopped her into pieces.

The friend alerted police, who broke into Karen’s flat where they found blood, a knife and a saw which had traces of flesh on.

No body has ever been found.

Durant told police: “After I killed her, I cut her body into small parts, eating what parts of her I found edible.”

He was dubbed the Costa Cannibal but withdrew the claim and was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter.

Paul Durant, pictured in 2004, is now on the streets of the UK 

He returned to the UK in 2010 to finish his sentence before being jailed for another eight years and eight months for the robberies.

The Sun reports that he was freed last month and has since moved into a flat in Tower Hamlets, east London. 

The paper claims a source close to Karen’s family said: “It’s the stuff of nightmares.

“Karen’s body has never been found. Her death was so traumatic and it left so many unanswered questions.”

The Ministry of Justice has been approached for comment.

Source: The Sun

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